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Bonnie Cashin Noh Coat

Threads #31, Oct/Nov 1990
Photo: Yvonne Taylor

The Noh coat, a well-known creation by American designer Bonnie Cashin, is as contemporary today as it was in the 1960s. It exemplifies the simple, clean lines employed by this iconic style and fashion influencer. Cashin ( ca. 1908–2000) returned to this design again and again.

In the article “Designed for Living, Not for Fashion” (Threads #31, Oct./Nov. 1990), Mary Elliott explains, Cashin’s “Noh coat and variations on it . . . cut on kimono-like lines, became a recurrent theme and a favorite of travelers throughout the world. Roomy and cut in a variety of lengths, it was made in mohair, tweed, leather, suede, and canvas in endless color and texture combinations.”

Free Pattern Download

You can download the pattern and instructions to make your own Noh-style coat by clicking on “View PDF” below. This download consists of a four-page pdf that prints easily on letter-size, 8-1/2 x 11 inch, paper. The pattern and instructions were originally published in Threads #31.

Noh Coat Pattern Correction

Errata: Please note that the pattern does not contain point N. Therefore, the following two measurements listed on the pattern for the front and back portions are extraneous:

Front: A-N 45 1/4 inches

Back: N-N1 2 3/4 inches

These measurements are not needed to create the Noh coat when using the downloadable pattern.




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